Productive and Reproductive Traits of Sheep Fed Acacia saligna Leaves-Based Diets

Sobhy M. A. Sallam • Mohamed N. El-Gendy • Mohamed M. Anwar • Wael G. Fahmy • Samir Z. El-Zarkouny 5 more

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Abstract

Investigating effects of partial (50%) or total (100%) substitution of clover hay by tannins-rich plant (Acacia saligna) on productive and reproductive performance of ewe lambs was the main goal of this study. Two experiments were conducted: first focusing on digestibility and N balance using 9 Barky rams (live body weight, 43 ± 2.5 kg) where animals were randomly divided into 3 groups (n = 3); control (C), 50% Acacia (AS50%) and 100% Acacia (AS100%); second focusing on productive and reproductive performance of ewe-lambs (n=18) where animals were divided into three groups (n=6); C, AS50% and AS100%. This experiment started 2 months before mating and continued till weaning. Dry matter intake decreased (P

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International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology

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